We touched down in Keflavik one November for a short 5 day holiday, planned on a whim. We had both always wanted to go to Iceland. It was so high on our lists that we hardly thought twice when we found a deal.
And there we were, breathing in some of the cleanest air I’d ever felt, the winter air nipping the ends of our noses and filling our lungs. I didn’t know what to expect, but on the flight the air was clear and we got to witness one of the most foreign and serene landscapes I had ever seen. It stretched into the horizon, black lava rocks jutting out among the stark white snow that blanketed the country.
Now I am returning the Iceland for the fifth time. We have made friends there, and one amazing one in particular: Sól. On our first holiday to Iceland I knew her just through my brother, but over the last year and a half I have come to consider her one of my closest and dearest friends. This is one of the big reasons we keep going back. She is full of an energy and life that I love to be a part of. And seeing someone’s own home town through their eyes is one of the biggest advantages of making friends in other countries. You get a sense of a place that any amount of touring could never teach you. We have spent evenings around the lake, watched the midnight sun through the pub windows, and been to some amazing places to eat. We’ve also learn that no one parties like the Icelandic do.
Icelandair now offers a flight from my hometown straight to Sól’s hometown of Reykjavik, and that makes it so easy. This trip we got our flights for $580 rt, which is a steal in my opinion. They have been so good, we have flown with them on all but one trip to Reykjavik, and I can’t complain at all.
I now have several favourite things to do when I’m in Iceland. I like Reykjavik. It’s a cool city that has a vibe like no where I’ve ever been. They are on their own up here at the edge of the arctic circle, and they truly embrace it. Nowhere have I ever felt so at home the way I do in Reykjavik. To me, Reykjavik is like a fun blend of a North American and a European city. (At Thingvellir National Park you can even walk along the divide between the North American and European techtonic plates. Tell me that isn’t unique!)
I can wax lyrical about Iceland all day. But what I will leave you with is this: Iceland is one of those places that steals your heart the moment you get off the plane. It might be the beautiful martian landscapes or the friendliness of the people. It might be the fantastically fresh cuisine, or those half cut nights under the midnight sun. Maybe you’ll be swept away by the magic of the island itself, the blue lagoons, the northern lights, and the unbelievable gradient of the yellow and blue skies.
I return for the fifth time… And I could not be more excited.